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Goodbye Poland: Growing up. Deportation and Internment in Siberia. Escape and the WWII war years. (Illustrated)

Goodbye Poland: Growing up. Deportation and Internment in Siberia. Escape and the WWII war years. (Illustrated) eBook: Stefan Maczka, Brian Maczka: Kindle Store

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'A soldier's story…A concise and fascinating account with interesting detail. Good addition to other books on this subject. I enjoyed it very much.' UK Reviewer.

Stefan Maczka’s father, (also Stefan), was a cavalry officer who fought victoriously in possibly the last and greatest cavalry battle of the preceding one hundred years, the ‘Miracle of the Vistula’. It was the final victory in the Russian/Polish War of 1920. He was one of nine thousand former soldiers rewarded with a plot of land in the reclaimed borderlands.
Stalin never forgot that humiliating defeat.

Stefan B. was born in 1922 just over two years later.
Life was hard in those early years; the military settlers had to defend their borders against invasion by armed bands from Russia, crossing into Poland from the east.
By 1937, the rewards of hard work were paying off, and life was beginning to get easier…

Then came the war, and Stalin’s revenge on the military settlers he so bitterly despised for their victory over Soviet forces twenty years earlier. Rounded up, they were uprooted from their homes, put on cattle trucks, and forcibly deported to the frozen and inhospitable wastes of Siberia.

Goodbye Poland is one man’s account of his journey into adversity at the age of just seventeen.

Written exactly as he spoke, his accent comes through loud and clear, in this inspirational true story of stoicism, and survival against the odds.

Product Details

  • File Size: 8591 KB
  • Print Length: 211 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Skinnybirdproductions (February 24, 2015)
  • Publication Date: February 24, 2015
  • Sold by:  Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00U0NBJZ2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled

Customer Reviews


4 people found this helpful.
 on July 17, 2015
By Lucky Black Cat
Interesting story shows the brutality of the Soviet Union under Stalin. I learned a lot here about Poland before the war, as well as what her people went through as a result of being sandwiched between 2 dictators.

The first hand story of deportation

One person found this helpful.
 on January 29, 2017
By Karen Johnson
I gave 5 stars because it is the first hand telling of the experience of deportation and it was like hearing someone tell a story! I found that there was the desire to tell how it was without being overly emotional or with animosity. This type of account made it very real to me, with grammatical errors and all.

Excellent reading

One person found this helpful.
 on April 29, 2016
By Johns Yvonne
Even though we have read other books about World War II, this gave information regarding Poland that we had not read before. It appearss it was written to give information, not for sympathy, but just that we could be informed. My husband was in WW2 in Italy, and he didn’t realize that Poland’s service was so far reaching, although he did know of Poland being in Italy.

I learned so much from this book.

One person found this helpful.
 on July 11, 2016
By Kindle Customer
I would definitely recommend this book. I have read a number of holocaust memoirs and wanted to read about the experiences of a Polish Christian man and his family. I had no idea Stalin sent Polish soldiers and their families to Persia during the war. I wish I could thank Mr. Maczka for writing his story.

Very interesting! Interesting to hear story from a Polish …

3 people found this helpful.
 on September 22, 2015
By Joan K
Very interesting! Interesting to hear story from a Polish point of view of the war.

Goodbye Poland

2 people found this helpful.
 on January 10, 2016
By Kindle Customer
Goodbye Poland by Stefan Maczka, is an interesting book. The experience of the Polish people, during WWII, was not taught to us. So, everyone should read this book. I highly recommend it.

Good read!!

One person found this helpful.
 on September 23, 2016
By Leroy Nelson
Insightful description of history as seen thru the eyes of a Polish child young man soldier veteran and elder. From distant history thru the turn of the century


 on February 4, 2017

Interesting story, but language poor

 on January 6, 2016
By Amazon Customer
The story was interesting, also giving some important historical background. I do not think the decision not to correct the often poor English language was beneficial for the reader.

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